By Alissa Paolella, The Buckeye Flame The city auditor of Nelsonville — who spearheaded a Herculean effort to save his city earlier this year — has a message for his fellow LGBTQ+ Ohioans: do not write off small towns. Taylor Sappington’s family has deep roots in Hocking County going back generations. When he was in theContinue reading “How an LGBTQ+ auditor just (literally) saved an Ohio city”
By Alissa Paolella, The Buckeye Flame Local clergy and activists in Mount Vernon are organizing to provide support and resources to area LGBTQ+ individuals and their families. In early October, supporters in the Knox County seat—about 40 miles northeast of Columbus—gathered for an organizational meeting to discuss forming a PFLAG chapter. While they were met byContinue reading “Sparking hope in central Ohio, a PFLAG chapter was just formed in Mount Vernon”
By Alissa Paolella, The Buckeye Flame The city council of Galion, Ohio voted 5-1 on Sept. 14, 2021, to update the city’s housing anti-discrimination ordinance with protections for LGBTQ+ individuals and passed a new ordinance to extend those protections to public accommodations and employment. Council approved the first reading of the ordinances during its August meeting,Continue reading “Galion, Ohio becomes latest municipality to pass LGBTQ+ protections”
By Alissa Paolella, The Buckeye Flame New Richmond Pride started with a simple question in a local Facebook group: Are any local businesses celebrating Pride Month? Sure, there were some negative responses (“We don’t need gay people here.”), but local resident Michelle Johnson also knew there were actually tons of LGBTQ+ people who live and workContinue reading “In a tiny Ohio village, Pride planning has revealed a hidden – but excited! – LGBTQ+ community”
By Alissa Paolella, The Buckeye Flame The Mansfield Gay Pride Association’s board of directors has pushed through unimaginable challenges this year to restart the Mansfield Pride Festival & Parade after a one-year hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The celebration in August in Mansfield—the northeast Ohio county seat of Richland County, located midway between Cleveland and Columbus —Continue reading “Overcoming Tragic Obstacles, Mansfield Pride Festival Pushes Ahead”
Rainbow Dublin is inviting you to its inaugural Coming Out Party on August 8. The event also serves as one of the first big occasions to celebrate the city of Dublin’s first LGBTQ+ community alliance.
A new group is working to create a Darke County fully inclusive of LGBTQ+ citizens and allies by promoting a sense of community in Greenville, Ohio.
The wilderness will always be hard and scary, and we may always doubt our ability to withstand challenges on our own. Keep a strong back, soft front and wild heart.
As researchers better understand the connections between loneliness and mental and physical health, more people are bravely proclaiming, “I am lonely.”